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Ukraine: Summit Participants, Russia Support Peace Plan
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed on the principles of a peace plan to end fighting in eastern Ukraine. President Poroshenko spoke early Wednesday following two hours of face-to-face talks with Putin at a summit in Belarus that was also attended by regional leaders. "I can say that the logic of this peace plan was finally supported by all of the heads of state, without exclusion. We insisted that, first of all, it is... (Full Story)

WHO Worker Arrives in Germany for Ebola Treatment
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
A World Health Organization worker infected with Ebola has arrived in Germany for treatment. The Senegalese epidemiologist was flown to Hamburg on Wednesday after contracting the virus from an Ebola testing lab in Sierra Leone. After the infection, the WHO said Tuesday it had shut the lab in Kailahun and withdrawn its staff. Ebola has killed more than 1,400 people and sickened at least 2,600 in West Africa since the outbreak began in March. Among the worst affected countries are... (Full Story)

IMF Chief Lagarde Probed in French Corruption Case
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
IMF chief Christine Lagarde says she is being investigated for negligence in a corruption case dating back to her time as French finance minister. In a statement Wednesday, Lagarde called the accusations against her "unfounded" and said she would appeal the decision to investigate her. Lagarde said she would not resign over the scandal, but is returning to Washington, where she will explain the situation to an IMF board. The comments come after French magistrates... (Full Story)

UN: 'Countless Actors' Fighting in Syrian War
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The United Nations says the war in Syria has become a conflict with "countless actors and front lines" with both government forces and various anti-government fighters committing crimes against humanity.   In a new report Wednesday, the U.N. commission of inquiry on Syria highlights the effect the conflict is having on the region, saying the impact is "no longer confined to Syrian territory."   Commission chairman Paulo Pinheiro called attention to the... (Full Story)

Philippines: ICRC president stresses need to resolve plight of Zamboanga displaced
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, concluded his first official visit to the Philippines today. During his three-day stay, Mr Maurer met with the Philippine president, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, and other high-level officials to discuss the humanitarian situation in the country, notably the challenges faced by the thousands of people who remain displaced in Zamboanga City. (Full Story)

Liberia’s President Fires Officials Who Left Amid Ebola Outbreak
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered the dismissal of some junior and senior level cabinet ministers, who, in the wake of the deadly Ebola outbreak left the country and have yet to return. A week ago Sirleaf gave cabinet ministers out of the country one week to return home or they would be considered dismissed, except for those with serious health-related excuses. Information Minister Lewis Brown said although the list of those affected is still being compiled, it... (Full Story)

Japanese Lawmaker's Drug Trafficking Trial Continues in China
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The trial of Japanese politician Takuma Sakuragi, accused of trying to smuggle more than three kilograms of crystal methamphetamine out of China, continued in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou for a second day August 27, state media reported. State television CCTV broadcast footage of a vehicle believed to be carrying 71-year-old Sakuragi to the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court. Sakuragi was stopped by airport security on October 31 last year after the drugs were... (Full Story)

Japan's Abe Sent Note to Ceremony Honoring War Criminals
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Japan has confirmed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a personal message to a ceremony honoring hundreds of World War II-era Japanese war criminals. The Asahi newspaper reported Wednesday that Prime Minister Abe sent the note to the April ceremony held at Koyasan Okunoin temple in western Japan. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe's note was sent in his capacity as head of Japan's ruling party, and not as prime minister. "In this case, he sent this message as... (Full Story)

Israel, Gaza Quiet as Cease-fire Takes Hold
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Israel and the Gaza Strip were calm Wednesday on the first full day of a new "open-ended" cease-fire. The Israeli military reported no rocket attacks from Gaza and no airstrikes by its forces on the Palestinian territory. The truce took effect Tuesday evening, 50 days after tensions between the two sides erupted into a war that has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Sixty-nine Israelis have died, all but five of them soldiers. Egypt brokered the... (Full Story)

Abdullah Withdraws from Afghan Vote Audit
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has pulled out of the U.N.-supervised audit of June's disputed runoff election. The move, reported by Abdullah's spokesman and a U.N. official on Wednesday, further complicates Afghanistan's tense political transition. Abdullah's team has complained auditors have not been willing to throw out allegedly fraudulent votes, calling the process a "joke." Auditors are in their final stages of examining the eight... (Full Story)

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